Home Schooling Help for Dual Language Households

English-speaking parents struggling to get to grips with home-education for children who attend Welsh language schools will be interested to hear of a new free resource designed to support literacy and enjoyment of reading.

The Pont Project is delivered through a specially created app for smart phones and tablets. This makes it possible for mixed language households to have fun together, exploring short folk tales from Wales and Italy, featuring a cast of witches, giants and even the devil himself.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Welsh and Italian cultural organisations celebrating their bilingual heritage. The resources are also available in Italian and Occitan (an indigenous language still spoken in Northern Italy and in parts of France and Spain).

Kate Strudwick, Creative Director of Valleys-based community arts organisation Head4Arts explained:

“The project initially involved Ysgol y Lawnt and Upper Rhymney primary schools in Caerphilly and took place earlier this year, with Italian schools joining in the autumn. However, with the current Coronavirus lockdown it seems like a good idea to open out the project, so that other young people and families can benefit”.

The texts are all contained within the app, but there are other ways to access the material, including through performances recorded by Welsh storyteller, Tamar Eluned Williams.

The project is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo.

Full details of how to get involved can be accessed through Head4Arts (info@head4arts.org.uk)

Get Creative with Head4Arts

Over the past few months, Head4Arts has been busy reconfiguring its programme of work to ensure that we are able to continue to offer fun, imaginative, professionally led participatory arts activities that can be enjoyed at home.

The programme includes the following key elements, with
plenty of opportunities to get involved during this period of isolation:

Head4 Happiness

Head4Arts continue to host regular online activities, taking place via Zoom.

Activities currently on offer:

Celtic Café, intergenerational music group, Wednesdays 16.30 – 18.30 (with the first 45 minutes focusing on teaching beginners)

Singalong with Ali Shone, Thursdays 12.30 – 13.45

For details on how to join in send us a message via social
media or email info@head4arts.org.uk

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for information and further activities.

Head4 Learning
Head4Arts is currently offering families and schools the opportunity to take part in the Pont Project – an international literacy project that uses folk tales from Wales and Italy as a way of increasing enjoyment of reading and connecting with other readers through a new app, Betwyll – send us an email to find out more!

Feeling crafty? Head4Arts has compiled a selection of how-to films on their YouTube channel

Head4 Opportunities

We have been working with freelance arts practitioners to create a series of social media “artist takeovers” showcasing and celebrating their work and contributions to Head4Arts.  Want to learn more?! Click here.

Head4 Health

Head4Arts has been working with voluntary organisations to offer creative experiences for individuals who may not have access to the internet, for example through providing “craft packs” containing materials and instructions to be included in community doorstep drop-off initiatives. Find out more about this scheme here.

Head4 The Future

Head4Arts celebrated Earth Hour online this year, our Earth Hour story and lantern making tutorial are still available to view here.

We hope you enjoy taking part in some of the above activities, we would love to see your photos and videos of you getting involved. Tag us on social media with #H4AMakes or email us with your creations!